Teaching thankfulness at Valentine's Day with gratitude jars

Teaching thankfulness at Valentine's Day with gratitude jars

Growing up, I always looked forward to Valentine’s Day because it meant that my mom would give us treats and a pair of goofy heart socks. For us, it was never about the date night, but rather simply one more opportunity to express how much our family means to each other, but in fancy footwear. 

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Free Valentine's Day Cards for your Favorite Foodie

Free Valentine's Day Cards for your Favorite Foodie

Tis the season for all thing red, pink, love, and candy! But it doesn’t have to be… bring a smile to everyone’s face with these free Valentine's Day cards for your favorite foodie. They’re great for teachers, co-workers, friends, and kids alike!

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21 hilarious times kids embarrassed their parents

 
21 times kids embarrassed their parents
 

21 hilarious times kids embarrassed their parents

We've all been there, whether it's us, or our friends, we've witnessed or gotten a good laugh after kids embarrassed their parents.

This post all came about one night after a partiularly ridiculous afternoon/evening with my 3 and 4 year old daughters. They were fighting, back talking, disobeying, and all around acting like little tyrants. So, naturally we got them to bed (hallelujah!) and I set off to the inter-webs to find some funny stories to cheer me up... I posed this question:

"What's the most embarrassing and/or inappropriate thing your kid has ever said in public?"

I asked my followers on Instagram, my personal friends over on Facebook, and the mamas in our Turnips & Tantrums facebook group. And man, o man, did they deliver! I received over 100 stories and quotes that left my husband and I in tears, and wondering how our abs could be that sore from just laughing??

Not all of the stories I received made it into this post... because that would be the longest post ever! So, if that's you, and you submitted a story and you don't see it here, please know it's just because someone else's kid was slightly more inappropriate than your own... I really appreciate everyone taking the time to send in their stories, and hope you get a good laugh out of the ones you see below.

A few things to know:

  • The only editing I've done to these is deleting kids' names and fixing some typos. Other than that, these are just as their mamas told them.
  • Please keep in mind the title of this post... some of these are rather... well... inappropriate. But remember, they came out of small children's mouths, so that makes it more funny than inappropriate... right?!
  • Topics covered: bathroom habits, parents drinking habits, private parts (theirs and their parents'), strangers' body size, pregnancy status of older men with bellies... and more!

So, here you have it...


The other day we were walking through target and we passed a woman with very, very large boobs, wearing a tube top, and let’s just say she wasn’t completely covered… And my three-year-old yells at the top of her lungs... “Mommy, she’s naked!” 


I was in Target the other day with _____. He loudly proclaimed as we passed the bra section “mommy you have those” over and over again...it felt as if he got louder every time he said it.


When my oldest was 4, I took him with me to the drugstore to get medicine for him. Of course what I needed was in the back of the store, and he greeted every single person in the store with a VERY loud and chipper-sounding, "HI! I have DIARRHEA!" Everyone in the store was laughing, but staying far away from us.


When ______ was about 5 we were in the store and he was making up a song... which you know rhyming is really cool at that age... sounded like this as he belted it out...”I have protection. I have protection from your infection”


When ________ started potty training (at 18 months by his own initiation) my husband had a potty chant to encourage the process. Sometime at the age of 2, at Costco one day, he announced to everyone that he "needed to drop a nugget" his code word for ya know... #2. When we got into the restroom and he's taking care of business he declared that he needed the "drop a nugget song". I whispered it and he said, "No louder Mommy, it's gunna be a big one." So with almost every stall filled and women washing their hands in said restroom I sang the chant. "Push it out, Shove it out, way out out! HUH!!" (On repeat)

Amazingly no one laughed, but it got really quiet. Thankfully when we were done no one made eye contact with me. I didn't really love my husband's contribution to the potty process that day.


My 3 year old calls La Croix “beer”, which on multiple occasions has caused confusion when he talks about how daddy likes to drink it at breakfast.


My 4 year old son told his teacher that his daddy is a chemist and works in the basement. When I picked him up I had to explain that he works at a pharmaceutical company as a chemist and does wood working in the basement. Nothing shady going on in our basement!


Took my kids to Total Wine (gotta do what you gotta do sometimes, we do not have a babysitter or family that lives close) and my son walked up to the kegs at the front while we were checking out and said “Mommy, you would love this giant keg of wine!” Cashier laughed and guy behind me tried to make me feel better by telling me a story about his daughter bringing him a beer once... I don’t even know where he heard the word “Keg”


When going to our 20 week ob appt for baby #3 we were walking down the hallway with the nurse and she was having small talk with my 3 year old who then says "my moms having a new baby" and the nurse replies with "oh yea that's exciting"... (you know I'm clearly showing and there for an ob appointment so she knew lol) well then my daughter goes on to say not so quietly "it's a baby sister cuz she she doesn't have a peanuts" ... the nurse says "oh" and looked at me as if to ask did she just say what I think she said and yep she did say that....she went on to say it again when we saw the actual dr along with his medical student that was shadowing him.


I used to work in daycare and kids would say the funniest things all the time (to the embarrassment of their parents). A 5 year old came up to me out of nowhere one day and very seriously told me that you NEVER open the drawer by mommy’s bed. I can only imagine what she found in there.


Mine talks very loudly every time we are in a public bathroom about the color of my urine (no matter what it looks like) and how she "loves" the color and how beautiful it is... She then proceeds to give descriptive comments about my anatomy... for all to hear.


My son doesn’t say the “L” in the word “clock” so whenever we go to the downtown very busy Starbucks plaza to see Daddy for lunch he yells, “mama, look! big...” well you know ha. 


In dressing room with both kids (I KNOW DUMB RIGHT?!?!) Twin boys are about 3, I'm trying on a dress and they ask, "mom what are those (pointing to my chest)?" dressing room was full with a waiting line side note..".mom what are breasts for? Mom where is your penis? Why don't you have one?" All said in loud, outside voice as I try to quiet them...when I exit, every woman was smiling ear to ear.


Just last night as I was letting someone (a younger man) into the house for a meeting with my husband, my daughter shouted, “You know what? The bathroom smelled like a doo doo upstairs. I think it was a Mommy doo doo!”


My little one said (loudly) in Target as we walked by the bra and panty section...”look mom! It’s your boobies!” 


My 4 year old asked the internet guy when his baby was going to come out. He literally had the most perfect shaped pregnancy belly but definitely not pregnant. When he said he was just fat - she asked why he was so fat. 


My son is brutally honest and always feels the need to share his observations. One weekend a group of my friends came over and then we planned to head to the pool. One of my dear friends is a beautiful plus size lady. My son surveys the room and proceeds to tell her that she will definitely make the biggest splash at the pool. I cold have died. 


My mom had a hysterectomy when I was 4 and I felt the need to announce it to everyone... including the 16 year old checkout boy at the grocery store. “Hey! My mommy had her uterus tooken out!” My mom kindly told me that some things are not meant to be shared... and that it’s “taken” not “tooken.”


I was potty training my oldest. Of course we had to go to the Kmart bathroom. She did her thing and then I had to. As I was finishing up she says in her sweetest (loudest) voice, “Way to go Mama! You tee tee’d in the potty! Good job!” 


About 6 months ago we were getting in the car at HEB.  There was a truck in the spot next to the empty space next to me and they were looking at me funny while I was unloading the last groceries and getting my other son buckled. So I kind of look where they're looking and my oldest is just peeing in the parking lot in the empty space right after we came out of the store where he could have used the restroom... and not even like trying to hide it... just out in the open. And then 2 weeks ago my younger son peed on the sidewalk in front of the neighbor's house ... instead of walking home. We have now instituted a pretty strict "no peeing outside of our backyard in public" rule that I never thought I'd have to make.


Right after we potty trained _____ we went on a road trip, which like any good Texas road trip included a stop at Bucees. My husband took our son with him to the bathroom stall and he yelled really loud “WOW DADDY! YOUR PENIS IS SO BIG! MINE IS SMALL!” 

 

What to feed your kids when a babysitter is in charge

 
what to feed your kids when a babysitter is in charge
 

Guest post by Lindsay Livingston, registered dietitian and blogger at the The Lean Green Bean


Have you every wondered what to feed your kids when a babysitter is in charge? As a mom of two young kids, date nights are few and far between around my house. Despite our best efforts, something always seems to get in the way. But one of my goals for this year is to change that! I did a lot of babysitting growing up and I think it’s so important for parents to get out and enjoy some kid-free time! One of my biggest pet peeves, however, is the thought that if you’re going to go out, the only things your kids can eat are pizza and mac and cheese.

Don’t get me wrong- there’s nothing wrong with pizza or mac and cheese...but there are also other options!  Even if your babysitter isn’t a gourmet chef, there are plenty of easy meals that they can serve your kids with very little effort on their part. Here are a few of my favorites:

From the Freezer

No matter how challenged a babysitter tells you they are in the kitchen, I promise you they can handle turning on the oven and taking a few things out of the freezer. I love stocking my freezer with a combination of store-bought and homemade foods my kids enjoy. These Freezer Chicken Tenders are one of my favorites because it’s so easy to prep multiple batches at one time and have them on hand for easy dinners. Pair them with their favorite way to eat veggies (in the form of dinosaur shaped broccoli tots) and some fresh fruit and dinner is served! Side note- you can also freeze things like pulled pork or chicken that can easily be thawed in the microwave to make tacos or nachos!  

Food Prep Reheat

If you’re a fan of food prep, it’s super easy to have things on hand for the babysitter to reheat! Some of my favorites are pasta dishes and casseroles that reheat well in the microwave. Try this Instant Pot Pasta with Meat Sauce or something like meatloaf, which my kids love when dipped in bbq sauce! Another great option is cooking a batch of burgers mid-week so the babysitter can just heat them up and pop them on a bun. Go for plain beef or turkey burgers or try these Avocado Chicken Burgers (my daughter loves them!) Pair the burgers with mini carrots and ranch and a fruit salad that you can prep ahead of time!

 
 
what to feed your kids when a babysitter is in charge
 
 

Crockpot Meal

Crockpot meals are a mom’s best friend, so why not a babysitter’s as well? Choose your favorite crockpot recipe and get it started in the morning so it’s ready and waiting for the sitter and all they have to do is dish it out! My kids love these Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs.

Breakfast For Dinner

Every kid loves breakfast for dinner and you can easily make it a nutritious option. If you have time, make a batch of pancakes or waffles ahead of time that can be reheated. Or, you can once again dip into your freezer stash if you happen to have some of my Whole Wheat Yogurt Waffles on hand. They freeze beautifully and you just have to pop them in the toaster! Then just instruct the sitter to set out yogurt, peanut butter etc for topping! If your babysitter is feeling up to it, they can whip up some scrambled eggs to go with them!

 
 
what to feed your kids when a babysitter is in charge
 
 

Quesadillas or Mini Pizzas

I always encourage mamas to make mealtime fun...so there’s no reason the kiddos can’t have fun in the kitchen with a babysitter as well. Pick a theme - pizza night, Mexican night, etc and leave all the components. Leave instructions to let the kids make their own tacos, quesadillas or tortillas pizzas and let the babysitter pop them in the microwave!

Smoothie Night

For the ultimate easier dinner, make it drinkable! Spend a few minutes throwing smoothie components in a bag before you leave and stick them in the freezer. All the sitter has to do is dump it in the blender, blend and pour. Be sure to include a protein source like milk or yogurt, some healthy fats like avocado or nut butter and maybe even some veggies like cauliflower or spinach, along with some fruit. Try this Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie if you need a recipe idea!

Paninis + Soup (Canned or homemade)

Soup and sandwich is a classic kid favorite combo. You can make it easy on the babysitter by prepping the sandwiches ahead of time so all they have to do is pop them onto the panini press and heat up the soup in the microwave!


I hope these ideas give you a little inspiration and make you extra excited to make date night a priority!

If you’re looking for other easy meal ideas or are interested in learning how to cook quick, healthy dinners on the fly, be sure to check out my Dinner on the Fly ebook! I'm a huge fan of food prep but I actually cook most of my dinners on the fly with very little planning. In the ebook, I teach you my simple 4-step process for making healthy meals on a whim. I also share simple sauce recipes, seasoning tips, no-recipe meals I love, Instant Pot tips for beginners and more!

You can find more details here (https://www.theleangreenbean.com/dinneronthefly/)

To get Dinner on the Fly for $17.99 ($7 off) or Dinner on the Fly + The Ultimate Guide To Food Prep for $27.99 ($7 off) use the code ‘milkandhoney’!!


What to feed the kids when the babysitter is in charge

Lindsay is a Registered Dietitian and mom of two from Columbus, OH. She specializes in Nutrition Communications and is the author behind the healthy living blog, The Lean Green Bean, where she shares healthy recipes, parenting tips and more. Her goal is to show people that healthy living doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive by providing tips, tricks and practical advice. She also shares a real life look at the ups and downs of raising and watching two young kids full-time while also working from home.

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

 
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
 

Valentine's Day is usually filled with lots of candy and chocolate, for kids and adults alike... but it doesn't have to be. Check out these 15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy. They'll leave your friends/family/co-workers/teachers feeling appreciated and loved... without sending them into a sugar crash!

*Some of the links contained in this post are affiliate links. This means if you decide to purchase something, I will receive a small commission as a thank you for referring you. I appreciate your support, and only recommend products and services I truly love!


FREE Valentine's Day Printables that don't involve candy


Improve your heart health with that special someone...

For a perfect gourmet date-night-in, and for less than the cost of a dozen red roses and chocolate, do your loved one's heart (and yours) a favor, and grab a Heart Health Valentine's Box from Fish Fixe. Each Valentine's Box comes with:

  • 6 salmon filets
  • 4 tuna filets
  • 2 snapper filets
  • 2 packages of lobster meat
  • 12oz. gulf shrimp

Use the code: MILKNHONEY at checkout and also receive two 5oz. lobster tails for FREE!

It's the perfect way to bond in the kitchen... AND eating seafood twice/week and a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids has been associated with improved heart health!

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Or give the gift of time...

Daniel Wellington offers sleek, stylish, and beautiful watches your special someone will love. Use code MILKNHONEY at checkout to receive 15% off, and make sure to check out these special Valentine's Day offers available until Feb 14th:

  1. Purchase a leather watch and receive a heart charm and gift wrapping
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15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
 

Show your kids' teachers just how SWEET they are...

Show your kids' teachers how great they are with these homemade spice mixes! (Recipes available on the free printable downloads above.) Click the button above to get your downloads! (But let's be honest, a gift card is also very well received by all teachers :-)

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Keep the office candy supply in check with these healthier co-worker gift ideas...

Think outside the box with these non-candy and inexpensive gift ideas for your office co-workers. No need to add to the office candy and chocolate supply! Grab the downloads to print your cards for free using the button/link above.

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Spare yourself (and your kids) the cartoons and candy with these fun printables...

Spare yourself the candy, and cartoon themed valentines at the grocery store. Try these fun and unique free cards. Grab your copy using the button/link above. 

15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy
15 Valentine's Day gift ideas that don't involve candy

Or consider these adorably soft dolls from Cuddle + Kind...

Cuddle + Kind is a Valentine's Day gift for your kids that you can believe in. Cuddle + Kind employs artisans in Peru to make these handcrafted dolls. And, not only are they providing jobs to these skilled artisits, the profits from each doll are donated to provide 10 meals to children fighting poverty and hunger.


Not the DIY type? Order the cutest cards around, and show your friends how much you care...

These adorable cards from Eat Healthy Designs are the perfect way to show a friend just how much they mean to you! Use code MARYEAT15 at checkout for 15% off your order!

 
Image source: Eat Healthy Designs

Image source: Eat Healthy Designs

 

Or if you're more of a DIY type, here's an awesome recipe for White Chocolate Body Butter with only 4 ingredients.

And if you're still in the mood to make sweet treats for friends, here's some better for you cookie and dessert recipes that make great gifts!

Fruity & Frozen Superfood Yogurt Bites

Frosted Flourless Thumbprint Cookies

Wild Blueberry Mini-Cakes with Vanilla Icing

Raw Raspberry Lemon Bars

Almond Butter Freezer Fudge Hearts